Game 30 Preview: New York at Los Angeles - LA Kings Insider

Los Angeles Kings (18-7-4) vs New York Islanders (8-16-5)
Saturday, December 7, 2013, 7:30 p.m. PT
STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA
Referees: #10 Paul Devorski, #22 Ghislain Hebert
Linesmen: #70 Derek Nansen, #65 Pierre Racicot
FOX Sports West, KTLK 1150 AM

Los Angeles Projected Starting Goaltender – Martin Jones
2013-14 Season: 1 GP (1 GS) / 1-0-0 record / 1.87 GAA / .929 Sv% / 0 SHO
Career vs New York: First appearance
Last Game vs New York: First appearance
2013-14, Home: First appearance
*Flip a coin to see who will start for Los Angeles tonight. Though Martin Jones left the ice first following the morning skate, Ben Scrivens left the ice shortly afterwards. The above projection is based on that, as well Jones’ strong performance in a win and Darryl Sutter’s recent comments that there have been negative aspects “slipping into” Scrivens’ game.

New York Projected Starting Goaltender – Kevin Poulin
2013-14 Season: 13 GP (12 GS) / 3-10-0 record / 3.24 GAA / .887 Sv% / 20 SHO
Career vs Los Angeles: 1 (1) / 0-1-0 / 3.06 / .875 / 0
Last Game vs Los Angeles: 11/14/13 / 59 MP / 21-24 shots / 2-3 L
2013-14, Away: 6 (6) / 0-6-0 / 3.74 / .873 / 0

2013-14 Los Angeles Leaders
Total Points: Anze Kopitar (7-17=24)
Goals: Justin Williams (10-10=20)
Assists: Anze Kopitar (7-17=24)
Plus/Minus: Anze Kopitar (+10; 7-7=24), Dustin Brown (+10; 5-5=10)
Penalty Minutes: Daniel Carcillo (55; 1-1=2)
Time On Ice: Drew Doughty (25:52; 5-9=14)

2013-14 New York Leaders
Total Points: John Tavares (11-21=32)
Goals: John Tavares (11-21=32)
Assists: John Tavares (11-21=32)
Plus/Minus: Eric Boulton (+3; 1-2=3), Lubomir Visnovsky (+3; 1-2=3)*
Penalty Minutes: Matt Carkner (57; 0-3=3)
Time On Ice: Andrew MacDonald (26:31; 3-8=11)
*on Injured Reserve

Rankings and Statistics
Goals/Game: LAK – 21 / 2.45; NYI – 20 / 2.48
Goals Against/Game: LAK – 3 / 2.07; NYI – 29 / 3.41
Power Play: LAK – 22 / 15.9%; NYI – t-18 / 16.5%
Penalty Kill: LAK – 7 / 85.3%; NYI – 30 / 70.0%
Shots/Game: LAK – 9 / 31.6; NYI – 12 / 30.7
Shots Against/Game: LAK – t-4 / 26.4; NYI – 17 / 29.9
Faceoffs: LAK – t-1 / 54.5%; NYI – 27 / 46.0%
Save Percentage: LAK – t-5 / .922; NYI – 29 / .886

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Los Angeles Projected Lines

Dwight King – Anze Kopitar – Jeff Carter
Dustin Brown – Jarret Stoll – Justin Williams
Jordan Nolan – Mike Richards – Tyler Toffoli
Kyle Clifford – Linden Vey – Matt Frattin

Jake Muzzin – Drew Doughty
Robyn Regehr – Slava Voynov
Willie Mitchell – Alec Martinez

Martin Jones
Ben Scrivens

Level of confidence in projected lines: C-. The team did not hold line rushes this morning, and both goaltenders left the ice at relatively the same time. The above projection is based on Tuesday’s win in Anaheim, with Linden Vey slotted in for Colin Fraser. Daniel Carcillo and Jeff Schultz remained on the ice for extra work after the morning skate with IR-designated skaters Matt Greene and Trevor Lewis, which indicates that they’re likely out of the lineup tonight. Expect Vey and Fraser – and potentially Carcillo as well – to take warm-ups.

Notes and milestones: The Kings are 43-21-13 all-time against the Islanders, which includes a home record of 24-17-7. Los Angeles is 7-1-1 in the teams’ last nine meetings and have won the last three meetings at STAPLES Center, dating back to October 10, 2006. The last time the Islanders visited Los Angeles was November 13, 2010. Their last win in Los Angeles was a 3-2 win on February 15, 2003, a game in which Aaron Asham scored twice and Jason Blake scored once for the Islanders, while Mathieu Schneider and Ziggy Palffy scored for the Kings. … The Kings have points in 13 of their last 14 games, going 9-1-4. … Excluding shootout goals, Los Angeles has allowed two goals or less in 14 straight games, a club record. They have allowed 20 goals over the last 14 games. … The Kings have killed off 49 of the last 53 power plays, dating back to November 7, and 42 of the last 45 power plays, dating back to November 15. … Los Angeles is 0-for-25 on the power play over the last seven games. The team’s last power play goal was scored by Matt Frattin in the first period of a 5-2 win over Tampa Bay on November 19. … Dustin Brown (186-212=398) is two points shy of 400 points in his NHL career. … Drew Doughty (54-144=198) is two points shy of 200 points in his NHL career. … Mike Richards (36-62=98) is two points shy of 100 points as a King. … Darryl Sutter is 14 games from having coached 1,000 games and 14 games behind Roger Neilson for the 21st most games coached in NHL history. He is 18 wins behind Glen Sather for the 19th most wins in NHL history and 21 wins from 500.

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New York Projected Lines

Thomas Vanek – John Tavares – Kyle Okposo
Michael Grabner – Frans Nielsen – Josh Bailey
Pierre-Marc Bouchard – Brock Nelson – Cal Clutterbuck
Matt Martin – Casey Cizikas – Colin McDonald

Andrew MacDonald – Travis Hamonic
Thomas Hickey – Calvin de Haan
Aaron Ness – Matt Carkner

Kevin Poulin
Anders Nilsson

Notes and milestones: Lines via Curtis Zupke of … Since the Kings defeated the Islanders 3-2 at Nassau Coliseum on November 14, New York is 1-6-2. The Islanders haven’t won a game in regulation since November 12 and are winless in their last eight road games (0-8-0). … New York is playing the second game of a five-game road trip. After losing 5-1 in St. Louis on Thursday, they’ll travel to Anaheim (Monday), San Jose (Tuesday) and Phoenix (Thursday). … Lubomir Visnovsky will miss his 22nd consecutive game due to a concussion suffered on October 19 against Carolina. … John Tavares (11-21=32) is tied for fifth in NHL scoring with Joe Thornton, Corey Perry and Alex Steen. He was held without a point in Thursday’s loss in St. Louis but has not been held pointless in consecutive games this season. Tavares has appeared in 236 consecutive regular season games. Sidney Crosby (15-26=41) leads the league with 41 points. … Matt Martin leads the NHL with 140 hits and led the league in hits in each of the last two seasons. … Kyle Okposo (2-2=4) and Andrew MacDonald (1-2=3) will carry three-game point streaks into tonight’s game. … The Islanders are 6-4-2 when they do not allow a power play goal.

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Jake Muzzin

#6 | 6′ 3″ | 216 lb | Age: 27

Born: Feb 21, 1989
Birthplace: Woodstock, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left


Muzzin was drafted in 2007 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, before signing to the Kings in 2010. He has since become the first Woodstock, Ontario professional athlete to win a major sports trophy.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.